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Re: [dvd-discuss] Bunner wins DeCSS trade secret appeal
On Monday 05 November 2001 10:49, you wrote:
> > > be the same as a video tape. The fact that it's represented with 0s and
> > > 1s has little to do with it's function or purpose.
> > Is the "tape" in a virtualized Turing machine data or program?
> the answer is: does it matter? That's not a real world thing that will be
Yes, it matters. You can't separate the two. Script files are a good
example, but even your case of digital photography turns out to
work in my direction. Many of the more sophisticated visual compression
algorithms are essentially mini-languages which act as code to render
a picture. XML graphics formats, for instance, are often really drawing
lists -- sequences of "do this, then do that" commands.
So it's not even hypothetical that a "movie" disk would actually be a
program for rendering the movie in real time.
> do you think a photo represtented by a JPG file on my computer should have
> different legal status than one that I took with my camera and had
> chemically printed on paper? I don't.
> Take a look at a GIF file, for example. a Program (a real one, written in
> machine code for a real processor) will read in the file and decode the
> RLE and show it on the screen. Sure the contents of the GIF file control
> what gets put on the screen, but that doesn't make it a program in my
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